Website Heading
Skip navigation and go to page content
What is Financial Aid?

How to Apply

What Happens Next?
Am I Independent


Financial Aid Home

invisible placeholder

Horizontal Rule

Q. I’m not sure my family will have financial need. Should I complete the FAFSA?

A. Yes. Financial aid is intended both to remove financial barriers for families who cannot afford the cost of an education beyond high school and to fill in the gap for families who can afford only part of the cost. Some loans are available regardless of need.

Q. Must I be accepted for admission before I apply for financial aid?

A. No. You may apply for financial aid any time after January 1. In fact, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance before you are admitted to the University. However, you must have an admission application on file with the University before we can begin processing your FAFSA and you must be formally admitted to the University before we will produce an award letter for you.

Q. My parents are separated or divorced. Which parent fills out the FAFSA?

A. The parent you lived with most during the last 12 months should complete the FAFSA. If you didn’t live with either parent or if you lived with each parent an equal number of days, the application should be filled out by the parent who provided the most support to you during the last 12 months. "Support" means money for such things as housing, food, clothes, transportation, medical and dental care, and school costs.

Q. I am currently separated or divorced. What financial information should I include on the FAFSA?

A. The information you provide should reflect your situation as of the day you sign the FAFSA application.

Q. When will I hear about my financial aid?

A. After you submit all requested documents, our staff will complete a review of your file and make any necessary changes. When the changes are complete, our automated computer system will generate an award email notification for you. Students who meet the first priority deadline (March 2nd) will begin receiving award letters during April. If you file your FAFSA after March 2nd or delay in submitting required documents, you will be notified within six weeks of completing your file. The Award notification email you receive will direct you to TITAN Online to view your specific financial aid awards.

End of content: footer below
University Logo  
This page is maintained by the Cal State Fullerton department of Financial Aid. Report problems to
California State University, Fullerton ©2009. All Rights Reserved.